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Old 21st January 2009 , 01:12 AM
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Default ADAT tape drive & DVD-RAM drive: beg, borrow or hire?

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For my first thread, I'd like to ask for some help. My old bands original recordings were made circa 2001 in two different studios - one analog onto 3 ADAT tapes and the other digital (Protools) onto the now defunct DVD-RAM format (a single 5.4GB disc). All the tracks were eventually mastered in Protools.

I'd like to get at these original tracks and pull, say, .wav files onto CD/DVD/hard drive so I can perhaps "tinker" with them at my leisure in the future. Does anyone know where I can hire, borrow or use either of these drives?

I'm not a pro audio guy I'm just learning about recording etc and building up my first home "studio". I have a Saffire Pro26 (ADAT optical input) and an iMac but no ADAT drive or DVD-RAM drive to read the original tracks. I don't want to buy particularly (unless v. cheap!) as it's a one-off job. I'll probably be moving to Logic as a DAW unless I'm persuaded by public opinion to go with one of the others

Any pointers or suggestions?

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Old 21st January 2009 , 06:12 PM
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You can buy external drives that support DVD RAM for about 50. I suspect that unless you know someone with a computer that 6/7 years old, that is the only option for getting the info off the disc

As for your DATS. I know someone with a machine (Tascam DA20) for sale, but don't know what he wanted for it. Ring up a couple of local studios and see what they'd want for porting the material over for you.
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Thanks Ed. I've made a few enquiries to studios (including the original ones where we recorded) and there seems to be a view that I can just take the DVD-RAM disc out of the square case thing and read it in a normal DVD drive. I was initially sceptical (and I didn't want to end up destroying the thing) but this may indeed be possible.

I'll keep googling and see if I can find someone with a ADAT drive in their studio locally - not found one so far but early days yet. I hope the tapes don't age as badly as some types do.

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Old 2nd February 2009 , 07:32 PM
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Thanks to Andy at Music Box studios down on the Somerset Levels who has a fully functional Alesis Adat tape drive and extracted all my bands recordings off the 3 original master tapes. Now have gigabytes of original wavs to play with as well as a backup of the tapes themselves.



Now just need a DVD-RAM reader and a Protools set up to snaffle the rest of them
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Now just need a DVD-RAM reader and a Protools set up to snaffle the rest of them :)
Don't you just need a DVD drive?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD-RAM
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Many operating systems like Mac OS (Mac OS 8.6 up to Mac OS X), Linux and Microsoft Windows XP support DVD-RAM operation directly, while earlier versions of Windows require device drivers or the program InCD.
And if your DVD-RAM disc is enclosed in a cartridge designed specifically for a DVD-RAM drive then as I understand things, the disc can be removed from the cartridge so that it can be read on a standard DVD drive;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dvdramopen2.gif
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Great links - thanks.

Yes, I was told it was possible to do it but this now tells me how - cheers!

The recordings will have been saved as Protools sessions. I don't have Protools, although there must be someone nearby with it who could save them as wavs for me.
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